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2024 UEFA Europa League Final Preview

2024 UEFA Europa League Final Preview

The 2024 UEFA Europa League final will be contested by Atalata and Bayer Leverkusen at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, the Republic of Ireland on Wednesday 22 May.

Atalanta are the underdogs for this week’s match, but Gian Piero Gasperini’s side deserve their place in the final. As for German champions Bayer Leverkusen, they have gone 51 games unbeaten in all competitions this season and are looking to add another trophy to their cabinet here.

Who will come out on top? You can find odds for the Europa League’s winner below, followed by our analysis of the game. On Wednesday, do not forget to check out betting apps with live streaming.

Match Result (90 minutes) Winner Odds (90 minutes) Bookmaker

Atalanta

10/3

bet365

Draw

5/2

BetVictor

Bayer Leverkusen

5/6

Betfred

Will Bayer Leverkusen Complete the Double?

Knockout Stage Aggregate Results

  • Round of 16: Bayer Leverkusen 5-4 Qarabag
  • Quarter-finals: Bayer Leverkusen 3-1 West Ham United
  • Semi-finals: Bayer Leverkusen 4-2 Roma

Thanks to a 2-1 victory over Augsburg on Saturday, Bayer Leverkusen became the first team in Bundesliga history to go unbeaten for an entire season. Xabi Alonso’s side have not tasted defeat in any of their 51 games in all competitions this term, and they are now looking to triumph in Europe as well as in Germany.

They might not be in the Champions League, but Leverkusen are one of the strongest sides on the continent right now. Every player within Alonso’s 3-4-3 system knows his role and responsibilities, while the German outfit do not have any injury or suspension concerns.

Leverkusen will be full of belief and confidence given the campaign they have had up to now. No one has been able to beat them yet, so they deserve to be the favourites on Wednesday.

Can Atalanta Spring a Surprise in Dublin?

Knockout Stage Aggregate Results

  • Round of 16: Atalanta 3-2 Sporting CP
  • Quarter-finals: Atalanta 3-1 Liverpool
  • Semi-finals: Atalanta 4-1 Marseille

Whereas Bayer Leverkusen are top of the Bundesliga and have been for some time, Atalanta are fifth in Serie A. Finishing in that position would see them qualify for the Champions League (as would victory in the Europa League final), but they have not performed quite as well as Leverkusen this season.

Gian Piero Gasperini’s side are nevertheless capable of pulling off an upset, as they did in a 3-0 defeat of Liverpool at Anfield in the quarter-finals. The experienced Italian coach has worked wonders at Atalanta, who are no strangers to punching above their weight and springing surprises.

Gasperini is an attack-minded manager, so we should be in store for an enjoyable match in Dublin. To triumph, though, Atalanta will need to be at their very best.

Verdict

BetZillion`s recommendations are to tip Bayer Leverkusen to win the Europa League final and to back a game featuring more than 2.5 goals. Both teams like to go on the attack, but Leverkusen should ultimately edge this one over Atalanta.

Greg
Author
Football Journalist

Greg is a freelance football writer from London. He primarily covers the Premier League but also has experience covering other European competitions. He has had work published by the likes of the Guardian, FourFourTwo, Goal.com, ESPN and more.

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